The Road from Nubra Valley to Kardung La , 2008

Over the next several postings, I will share some of my experiences from my travels in Ladakh in 2008. I  do not intend to write a travel blog with this subject, but I do intend to share some of the photographs that I think are worthy of showing and sharing.

This image is of the road between the Capital city of Leh and the Nubra Valley. Supposedly, this is the highest motorable road in the world (advertised at 18,000+’). Whether it is or not, it is an amazing trip. In the far distance there is a bit of the Karakoram Range which has some peaks over 25,000′. In between, is the Nubra Valley which is on the old Silk Road. Geographically, this area is the northernmost province of India, and the Nubra Valley is very near Pakistan.



About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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